Takoma Park, Ohio . . . or is it Cleveland, Maryland?

View from the Booth

Who would have ever thought there would be so many people at the Takoma Park (MD) Street Festival with links to Cleveland, Ohio? I was amazed by how many people came up to my booth to tell their Cleveland connections and to inquire about mine.

Young Tappers in Takoma Park

Young Tappers at Takoma Park

It’s funny that in titling my new book Canoedling in Cleveland, I almost deleted the Cleveland part of the title to call it simply Canoedling.  I was concerned that tying the story to a specific location would limit the appeal to a local audience. Thank you, Stanford Pritchard, for advising otherwise. For it seems that even if only people connected to Cleveland were interested in the book, they are ubiquitous!

A Robot at Takoma Park

A Robot at Takoma Park

Many who visited the booth in Maryland, told me they were from Cleveland or lived there or have relatives living there.  I had fun telling them that that the library in their particular part of Cleveland had included Canoedling in Cleveland for their patrons—Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library [Brooklyn, Fairview, Mayfield, Parma, Solon, and Strongsville branches], Lakewood, and Rocky River.

Cookie Sellers

Takoma Park Cookie Sellers

Then, of course, there were the people who wanted to discuss the word “canoedling” and its many meanings (and proper spelling!).

And there was an artist who came up inquiring about who did the book cover paintings. We have noticed this trend—it’s the artists who always notice Audrey Engdahl’s beautiful covers.

But many, many more people are amazed and delighted by Ms. Endahl’s illustration of the story inside the book that protagonist Jeff tells to his little brothers about what it was like to be chased by the vermi-lions (giant worms with lion’s teeth) on the Vermilion River.

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